Pyra Kane is a great writer and all around great person. She is published in BlackHearts Anthology with me, so if you had the honor of reading it, you would know she’s a very talented person. She’s given me a little snippet into her work in progress and I gotta tell you, it’s going to be a great story!
Read a little about her and follow her to stay updated with her upcoming work.
What are you working on now?
A YA fantasy/adventure series. It’s my first big project, as I’ve only written short stories and flash fiction up to this point.
The story is about an NPC (non-playable character) whose video game was shut down in the 90’s, only to be revived in the year 2030. When a mysterious voice informs Kumiko of her situation, she’s thrusted into her new environment, logged in as a player, and must hide her identity as an NPC as she searches for her old home and family.
What is the first book that made you cry?
Jojo Moyes’ “Me Before You.” It’s not often I get so attached to a character, but every time I think back to the book’s ending, I have to stifle tears.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
It’s funny you ask that. I’m actually one of those people whose emotions are really mellow. It’s a constant problem for me, and when it comes to writing, my own inexperience with certain emotions (such as shock, anger, confusion, and panic) definitely makes things more difficult. But I’d say as long as the person in question has a good idea of how these emotions typically feel to others, putting them into words is totally possible.
What does literary success look like to you?
Everyone sets a goal for themselves when they decide to be a writer. Whether it’s to achieve worldwide fame, or simply to write a story for themselves because they felt like it, I’d say success in the literary world is reaching whatever goal that is.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, which would you rather spend the day with, and what would you do?
The list of characters I’ve actually introduced to the page is practically nothing compared to the list of those whose stories I have yet to begin. But of those who’ve made their debut, I think I’d spend a day with Pui, the main character of my flash fiction, “Recollected: Sanguine,” which I’ve submitted to be published, but have yet to hear back on. Pui is a pretty mellow character with a taste for dark topics, so if it was up to him, we’d likely be looking at his skull collection and talking through the many interesting ways a person could die.
What’s your favorite color?
Purple, only the best of colors. But I also appreciate green, and blue, and every other color. Purple is my favorite though.
What’s your favorite food?
That’s a bit of a toughie. It’s hard for me to narrow down one food I enjoy more than any other, but I love enchiladas, pastas, and udon noodles.
Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning. I’m usually the first one up in my family.
How did you begin writing?
I discovered my passion for writing when a friend introduced me to an online writing community. The first stories I put out were terrible, but when they (somehow) received praise from a lot of people, I realized being a writer just maybe could’ve been my purpose in life. That was three years ago.
Where do you get your ideas?
For me, the birth of a story usually begins with another series I really enjoyed, something that sounds like it’d be fun to write. Like for my current WIP, about Kumiko the NPC. The original inspiration came from Sword Art Online, an anime series about 10,000 players who become trapped within a death game. I take the basic idea of the story in question (in this case, of people playing a game), and over time, change the details to differentiate from similar series. Eventually, I end up with something that hardly resembles the original idea, and feels shiny and new in its own right.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
Honestly, if I could go back in time, I’d tell myself to get off my lazy butt and stop procrastinating. Until earlier this year, i had a huge procrastination issue when it came to writing. It was stressful when ideas would constantly not work out and had to be redone. I struggled with a lot of self-doubt, which caused me to push the work back on my schedule more than I would like to admit. So I’d love to simply push my past self to work harder.
Music or silence?
Music. Silence makes my tinnitus louder, which makes me lose my mind.
What’s your favorite love story?
My favorite love story is actually from a video game. I don’t know how many people will recognize it, but “Super Paper Mario,” (yes, a Mario game) holds the title for best love story in my book. The story is beautiful and I won’t let anyone tell me otherwise.
List five adjectives to describe yourself.
Fun. Weird. Honest. Positive. Dark.
What are your favorite hobbies?
Well, writing is the obvious one. I also enjoy drawing, trying new foods, playing video games, watching anime, and above all, spending time with my characters. Not just to get to know them. They’re genuinely fun people.
Tea or coffee?
Tea. I’ve never been a fan of coffee. It’s a bit too rich and bitter for my taste. No offense to coffee people.
Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
While I previously said I love spending time with my characters, I don’t really enjoy the process of getting to know a newer one. Most of the time, learning the quirks and personality of a new character takes a long while and a ton of thinking. I’m usually excited to jump into writing their story, but writing for a character I don’t know well is pretty much impossible. So it’s kind of a back and forth battle of trying to learn who a character is and trying not to write for them until I do.
Pen or pencil?
Pencil. I tend to make a lot of errors when I write by hand, and I prefer not to have them permanently stuck on the page where everyone can see them.
Do you write by hand or type?
The previous question gave away the answer to this one. Aside from my handwriting mistakes, typing is also faster and involves fewer hand cramps.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends on how smooth the current scene is going. Struggling to put the character’s thoughts and feelings into words will usually put me off.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Until recently, no, actually. From the moment I decided to be a writer, I always intended to publish under my real name. It was my short time spent with a publishing company of writers with cool pen names that changed my mind. Now I rock ‘Pyra Kane’ like nobody else, and not just because nobody else has that name.
How do you select the names of your characters?
Half the time, a name they like just pops into my head. If that doesn’t happen, I’ll usually go to a baby name site and read names to them until something fits. Either way, the name is more up to the character than to me.
Where can we find more of your work?
All of my published stories can be found on my website, https://pyrakaneauthor.wixsite.com/author. I’ve only published one as of right now, but as the list grows, it will all be on that site.